Genre: Fantasy

The Shadow of a King…by C.M. Gray

Posted August 19, 2017 by Karen in Books, Reviews , , / 0 Comments
The Shadow of a King…by C.M. Gray

‘The Shadow of a King’, tells the story of Uther Pendragon, King Arther’s father. The story begins with Uther late in life and near death. The ‘The Shadow King’ then flashes back to Uther’s early reign. What I Loved: The concept of the story of King Uther’s father is an interesting one. Something that has not been done a lot in literature. Gray gave strong personalities to the characters. Uther, Morgan Le Fay, Gorlois, and Sir Ector, all had complicated and deep characteristics that added depth and interest to the story. The descriptions in ‘The Shadow King’ were also vivid and interesting. The Middle Ages are often romanticized. In ‘The Shadow King’ everything is described in gritty reality. Gray really brought alive how dark, dirty, and unhygienic the middle ages were. What Left Me Wanting More: Although I did like […]

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Eden’s Escape…by M. Tara Crowl-Release Launch

Eden’s Escape…by M. Tara Crowl-Release Launch

EXCERPT  This time Eden landed on her feet. When she opened her eyes, she saw that they were planted on black pavement. Black pavement meant a street. She was standing on a street. Okay, she thought. But where? She lifted her eyes. Directly before her were four yellow taxis, side by side, like the front line of a battalion. To her left and right were buildings so tall, she was as small as a bug in comparison. And in the distance, a narrow slip of bright blue sky framed by more sky-high buildings, as far as she could see. She’d never been here before; of that, she was certain. And yet, she’d received a genie’s education. She’d seen enough photos to know without a doubt where she was. “New York City,” she said softly. RERRR!!! Car horns rang in her […]

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Sticks and Stones..by Abby Cooper-Blog Tour

Posted July 15, 2016 by Karen in Book Tours, Books / 0 Comments
Sticks and Stones..by Abby Cooper-Blog Tour

‘Sticks and Stones’ is the story of sixth grader, Elyse. Elyse has suffers from a disease that causes the names others call her to appear on her body. Positive names feel fine but negative names are itchy.  This novel is, what I would call sort of, magical realism novel. This is because the disease Elyse suffers from is real only in the novel. I saw Elyse’s disease as a metaphor for the effect words can have on someone.  Elyse’s story is indicative of some of the difficult times many pre-teens and teens suffer through in middle school. I really loved this book. It took me a few chapters to really understand the underlying premise of the story. I believe few of us  emerge from the middle school unscathed. ‘Sticks and Stones’ is a really important book for any middle schoolers to read. Although the outer signs of Elyse’s […]

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The Kingdom of Oceana…by Mitchell Charles

The Kingdom of Oceana…by Mitchell Charles

F‘The Kingdom of Oceana’ is a young adult, fantasy, adventure, historical fiction novel based in what is today Hawaii. This novel is outside of the usual genres I read. I do read historical fiction quite a bit, but usually novels set in Britain or the Eastern U.S. I haven’t before read any novels taking place in Polynesia . I loved the cover art and the very tropical and flowing feel of the prose. Mitchell Charles gives beautiful descriptions of the landscapes. He also gives a convincing description of how life back then. There was a fair amount of magical realism throughout the novel. Enough so that is was a central part of the novel but was still integrated well into the storyline. Charles focuses the story on Prince Ailani and his rivalry with his older brother, Prince Nahoa. The story […]

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